Is the third time a charm?

After suffering two previous losses to the NFC South champion New Orleans Saints during the 2020 regular season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers certainly hope so.

Tampa Bay’s victory at Washington against the NFC East champions and New Orleans’ home victory over Chicago, a wild card team, sets up a rematch of NFC South rivals – the Bucs and Saints – in the NFC divisional playoffs on Sunday, January 17 at 6:40 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will be televised on Fox.

New Orleans swept Tampa Bay this season, winning 34-23 on opening day at home and then 38-3 at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday Night Football in November. The Saints are the only team to score more than 30 points against the Bucs defense this year, and New Orleans is only one of four teams that has held Tampa Bay’s offense under 30 points in 2020.

The game will feature two of the league’s all-time great quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Drew Brees, who rank first and second in NFL history in terms of passing yards and passing touchdowns. Brees passed for 382 yards and six touchdowns in the two games against Tampa Bay this season, while Brady passed for 448 yards with two touchdowns and a combined five interceptions.

Saints head coach Sean Payton is 4-0 against Bucs head coach Bruce Arians over the past two seasons. New Orleans is 3-2 over the last five games, including Sunday’s 21-9 win over Chicago in the first round of the NFC playoffs, while Tampa Bay is 5-0 since its bye week, including a 31-23 win at Washington on Saturday in the NFC wild card game.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at:
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4 months ago

When they swept us I had feeling might see them again in the playoffs. It’s hard to beat a team 3 times as Titans just found out with the Ravens. We will need near perfect game on offense and defense will have to not only play their asses off, Bowls will have to be aggressive and take more chances. Would be sweet redemption to kick the Aints asses and send Drew and especially smug ass Peyton into retirement with a playoff loss.

Reply to  fredster
4 months ago

Well said Fredster. The coaches will have to coach their asses off, too. It all depends on who really shows up, both players and coaches. Go Bucs.

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4 months ago

It would be the greatest part of this season. Peyton and his stupid bird beak mouth and him thinking he’s some kind of god send to football and the Saints idiotic players celebrating after every single tackle and their hit list that should have gotten them banned as a team. Sending Brees into retirement and force them to have to resign Winston and to shut that dirty town out of the post season would be the sweetest revenge. All it will take is for our guys to play the way they are capable of playing. The Saints will think they’ve… Read more »

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Reply to  fredster
4 months ago

Teams have now played three times 22 times since the Super Bowl era started. Teams that won twice are 14-8. It is not hard to win three times, but it is not automatic either. Just over a third of the time the team swept is beat.

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4 months ago

Geeeez Spitfire, you sure do fit your moniker today. Hope you weren’t in Washington on Wednesday.

Reply to  fredster
4 months ago

While I agree it’s hard to beat a team 3 times in a season, Brady cast scramble and that TD run by Jackson was other worldly.

Also, sometimes a team just matches up well against another team and that is what we have here.

Not saying it CAN’T happen, but it will take 3 turnovers I believe.

4 months ago

I look at both teams offenses as capable of winning the S.B.., but I only see one teams defense as being capable of winning the whole thing. That would be the Saints. I think the season ends Sunday the way it began, a loss at N.O..